HANDEL, G.F.: Messiah (Staged Version) (Theater an der Wien, 2009)


You must be logged in to view this video

- (Disc 1)
Messiah, HWV 56
Libretto/Text Author: Jennens, Charles

Boy Soprano: Pollmann, Martin
Counter-tenor: Mehta, Bejun

Set/Stage Designer: Schmidt, Christian
Costume Designer: Schmidt, Christian
Lighting Designer: Hoffmann, Jurgen
Choreographer: Sigl, Ramses
Stage Director: Guth, Claus
Television Producer: Herbst, Magdalena
Television Director: Rossacher, Hannes

Date of Production: 2009
Venue: Theater an der Wien
Playing Time: 02:34:41
Catalogue Number: A04001515

On the occasion of the 250th anniversary of Handel's death, Vienna's Theater an der Wien, famous for innovative and unconventional opera productions, realized a unique and truly extraordinary project: the staging of one of Handel's most popular oratorios. For this production, the theater signed up one of the most renowned stage directors of our time, Claus Guth. The result: "An emotionally and psychologically changed sequences of images", as the Suddeutsche Zeitung wrote about Gith's portrayal of a family dynasty, complete with guilt, betrayal, suicide and reconciliation.

Conductor Jean-Christophe Spinosi triumphs "with his phenomenal orchestra (Ensemble Matheus) and the subtle Arnold Schoenberg Choir" (Suddeutsche Zeitung). Winner of the Diapason d'Ore and the BBC Music Magazine Award, the ensemble is internationally acclaimed for its interpretation of early music on authentic period instruments. Offering "the best of Handel vocal artistry" (Frankfurter Rundschau) are Cornelia Horak, Susan Gritton, Richard Croft and the sublime altus Bejun Mehta. Video director Hannes Rossacher, internationally known as one of the leading video directors for rock and pop events (Rolling Stones), has captured this unique performance of the oratorio on film.

Part 1

Select language: